February 8, 2011
Northrop Frye saw through hype.
From The Developing Imagination [this post]:
It is of course true that a great deal of trash which passes as literature, or at least as entertaining reading, also articulates social myths with great clarity. I read many of the novels of Horatio Alger at an early age, and as I have a good verbal memory, a journey round my skull would unearth a great many pages of some of the most pedestrian prose on record.
I wish very much that a surgical operation could remove it and substitute something better, but still Alger probably did me no permanent damage, as I was never inspired to adopt the virtues of his heroes, and this leads me to hope that the children of today may emerge similarly unscathed from their similar experiences.
[An Educated Imagination]
January 21, 2011
The greatest crime is not profanity per se (see Christian Bale below) but it is the unimaginative use of any word.
I much prefer profanity than the intention degradation that occurs in franchising in terms such as “sharing”, “family” and “owning a business”. Orwell said that degrading language is the only way to make totalitarianism permanent and unshakable.
Northrop Frye on profanity:
Obscenity in language is an ornament except when it becomes routine, & in the latter event it approaches mere idiocy. The most horrid example of passivity & inertia of mind I know is Woodside’s story of the soldier who gazed into a shell hole at the bottom of which a dead mule was lying, and said: “Well, that fuckin’ fucker’s fucked.”
(What sort of person is it, incidentally, whose feelings would be spared by printing the above as “that ____in’ _____er’s ____ed,” or “that obscene obscenity’s obscenitied”?) (Collected Works, 8, 10)
[An Educated Imagination]
December 12, 2010
Franchisees need to grow up.
Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790
Tyranny is seldom (in the long run, never) imposed on people from without; it is a projection of their own pusillanimity (defintion: cowardice). Tyranny and mob rule are the same thing.
Northrop Frye in Fearful Symmetry
[via The Educated Imagination]
November 25, 2010
Identify the real protagonist, the Fixers.
And those that rent money.
The surest sign of a dying empire is when a franchisor starts self-financing when new franchisees had traditionally used a regulated lender.
Very high dangers of private, unregulated lending (prime plus 5%). Same as loan sharking.
Your house is the real asset at risk, not some phantom idea that you have equity.
See Champions of Tyranny What will the grocers say?
September 25, 2010
Any law exists because those most able to compete for it goes to the political process and wins.
This is how the Ontario franchsie law went in 2000. I was there.
Everyone’s interests were served very well, except the powerless: mom-and-pop franchise investors.
Sure a few attorneys were made multi-millionaires (continue to blackball, block and betray sincere advocates), the franchise bar has reached record numbers (God love those disclosure document revisions!) while the 2nd-worst-chumps, the false protagonists (the franchisors) got a short-term sales bump but their reputation continues to nose dive.
On any legitimate public policy level, the Arthur Wishart Act is a complete and total failure.
But as a way to launder mom-and-pop life savings via dim-witted franchisors?
Priceless to the true champions of tyranny (the franchise bar legal elite).
July 18, 2010
1. People think the most fearful people in franchising are franchisees.
They are wrong.
Franchisees certainly have difficulties but theirs are simpler and easier to deal with.
2. People then would believe that franchisors are pretty heavily weighted down with shame.
Yes. They have their share but not the majority.
3. The franchise lawyers are the locus of the majority of all shame-humiliation. They are crippled by it. The greatest fear I have ever seen is in the eyes of attorneys that I know. Some so great they are speechless when I see them.
Their role is to be Champions of Tyranny as Northrop Frye pointed out in his analysis of Blake.
Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her birth.
— John Milton 1608 – 1674